Employers place a strong emphasis on essential skills in the workplace. Essential skills are used in nearly every occupation, and are seen as ¿building blocks¿ because people build on them to learn all other skills.
Each profile contains a list of example tasks that illustrate how each of the 9 essential skill is generally performed by the majority of workers in an occupation. The estimated complexity levels for each task, between 1 (basic) and 5 (advanced), may vary based on the requirements of the workplace.
Fabric cutters cut fabric to make parts for garments, linens and other articles. Fur cutters cut fur pelts to make parts for garments and other fur articles. Leather cutters cut leather to make parts for shoes, garments and other leather articles. Fabric cutters are employed by clothing and textile manufacturers and other manufacturers of fabric products. Fur cutters are employed by furriers and fur products manufacturers. Leather cutters are employed by shoe and other leather products manufacturers.
- May run out of work when their supervisor is unavailable to assign new work. They assess what might be additional work and begin it while they wait for the supervisor to return. (1)
- Encounter machinery breakdowns. They either fix the problem themselves or call upon their supervisors to call mechanics. Until the repairs are carried out, they may have to continue to use the machinery even though it is not functioning properly. In these cases, they compare possible loss of revenue to further damage which could occur with continued use. (2)
- Determine how to best use bad stock, such as marked or discoloured leather. They report the damage to their supervisors and figure out the best way to use the materials. For example, if making shoes, they may stretch the material more thoroughly, place the die so as to avoid marks or find places on the shoes where the mark will not show. (2)
- Create solutions for problems presented by customers. For example, they may customize the cut of leather to arrive at a specified product design. (3)
- Decide when to report a broken machinery part. (1)
- Decide how to cut fabrics, considering fabric quality and characteristics. (2)
- Decide where to place cutting dies by stretching fabrics and figuring out ways around marks. (2)
- May determine which dies to use to get the most out of each fabric or piece of leather. (2)
- Decide whether a fabric can be used for a large order when there is extensive damage to the roll of fabric. If the wrong decision is made there will be a cost to the company. (3)
Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.
Job Task Planning and Organizing
Fabric, fur and leather cutters usually receive priorities and task sequencing from supervisors. They may determine the cutting order themselves during rush orders to meet production deadlines. Tasks are repetitive and work is rarely disrupted. (1)
Significant Use of Memory
- Remember the number of units to be cut in one colour or for one order.
- Remember the techniques for cutting particular products, such as shoes, in case they are asked to cut the same products again.
- Remember stock numbers, prices and characteristics of fabrics so that they can answer customer inquiries.
- Refer to product and cutting summaries to confirm quantities and qualities of products. (1)
- Ask foreperson the proper ways of cutting certain styles. (1)
Digital technology information was not collected for this profile.
Other Essential Skills:
Working with Others
Fabric, fur and leather cutters work mainly in assembly line teams. They may know each other's areas of expertise and teach each other new skills. They may work independently.
Fabric, fur and leather cutters have an ongoing need to learn as new pieces of equipment are introduced and new safety measures implemented.